Italian-American soprano, JACQUELINE PICCOLINO, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as having "impeccable technique and stage presence" and a recent San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, made her San Francisco Opera debut in the summer of 2013 as Stella in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She returned as First Lady in The Magic Flute, Lady Madeline in La chute de la maison Usher, Laura in Luisa Miller, 2nd maid in the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Clotilda in Norma, and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah. As a participant in the 2012 and 2013 Merola Opera Program, the soprano appeared as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Arminda in La finta giardiniera. As a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company in 2011, she appeared in the company’s productions of Le donne curiose, Sweeney Todd, and Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Other career highlights include appearing in the Napa Festival del Sole’s Bouchaine Young Artist Concert Series and participating in the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy.
Piccolino is recent recipient of the 2017 Igor Gorin Memorial Award from the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the prestigious 2017 Rose M. Grundman Award Recipient from the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago. She is also a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant recipient, a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Mid-South Region and George London Foundation Encouragement Award Winner. In May 2016 she sang in the 9th International Moniuszko Competition and was a finalist having the opportunity to sing with the Polish National Opera Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland. She is also recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation and the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship and was a finalist in Chicago's prestigious Luminarts Foundation Competition. Jacqueline graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music in 2013 and received the prestigious Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from her Alma mater. Her upcoming engagements include concerts around the Chicagoland area, singing the role of the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at Seattle Opera in May 2017 and performing Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in October 2017.